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>> pelley: tonight, isis takes terror to a horrific new level. a video appears to show a captured jordanian pilot being burned alive. angry jordanians take to the streets. holly williams with the latest. nancy cordes reports the measles virus has morphed into a political issue. >> i do believe that all children ought to be vaccinated. >> the state doesn't own your children. parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom. >> pelley: the long wait it over. after more than half a century jim axelrod tells us "to kill a mockingbird" author harper lee is publishing her second novel. and vinita nair with the man who has the worst commute we've ever heard of. >> i had no idea how long it was. to me it was just another commute.
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. jordan's king abdullah ii hurried to the white house tonight after what appears to be the savage execution of a jordanian air force pilot who was might fooiting in the u.s.-led coalition against isis. jordanians had been holding vigils for the 26-year-old who fell into the hands of the islamic terrorist group when his plane went down in syria christmas eve. today, isis put out this video showing the pilot in an orange jumpsuit. then, he's murdered, not a beheading this time, but something equally cruel and inhuman. he's set on fire. we're not going to be showing you that. we don't know when the execution was carried out, but isis chose to release the video just as jordan's king was in washington. and holly williams has been covering isis from the beginning. she joins us tonight in northern
iraq. holly, what can you tell us about the video? >> reporter: well, scott it's a highly produced video including graphics and multiple camera angles. it runs about 22 minutes, at the end of which the pilot is locked in a cage and then burned to death. now, the extremists actually quote a 14th century religious text which says that disfigurement is an acceptable form of execution. and that's, apparently, an attempt to justify this murder. the pilot is also shown with the extremists being led through what they say is destruction caused by u.s.-led air strikes. and the message there for all muslim countries that have sided with the u.s. against isis is very clear, that the extremists intend to punish their governments and their citizens. >> pelley: and the reaction in jordan tonight? >> reporter: well, scott the jordanian nation has been in agony over the last few days. jordan, which is a staunch u.s.
ally actually offered to release a failed female suicide bomber who is on death row in return for the pilot and in doing so jordan became the first country to publicly negotiate with isis. and that raised hopes in jordan and in other countries that it might be possible to successfully negotiate with isis. instead, though, muath al-kaseasbeh has suffered this horrendous death. tonight, the jordanian military said his death will not go unpunished. >> pelley: holly williams covering the breaking news for us from northern iraq. holly, thank you. michael morell is the former number two at the c.i.a. he's now senior security contributor here at cbs news. michael, assuming that they're not just simply psychopaths what is it that isis is trying to accomplish by provoking jordan? >> scott, i think they're trying to send two messages. one is that they will not be intimidated by the west, by the
coalition high technology. it's interesting the number of aircraft f-16s that are shown in this video. so i think they're sending the message that they will continue on, no matter what we throw at them. >> pelley: are these tactics working for them? >> scott, i don't think so. i think the first beheading that they did was what brought the international community together. the first time, and i think this will likely backfire, too. i think there will be an outcry internationally, and they will not, they will not succeed in intimidating the west here. >> pelley: some of us in the newsroom have had a look at this video and what strikes us is its near-hollywood quality in the production. i wonder if that tells you anything. >> scott, it is the best i've seen. it is madison avenue quality. they've gotten better and better. they were good at the beginning. i think what this shows is the value of the westerners who have joined isis. i think those fighters from
western europe, those fighters from canada, those few fighters from the united states, i think they're bringing those skills with them to iraq and syria and i think that's what you see in this video. >> pelley: this may be a little simplistic but it is what everybody is think ago why can't we get these guys? >> scott, it is not easy to pinpoint individuals at a particular time and a particular point in the earth. i'm absolutely certain we're working on that, but it takes quite a bit of time. >> pelley: michael morell in our washington newsroom, former number two at the c.i.a. and now cbs news consultant. michael, thank you. as we mentioned jordan's king abdullah ii met tonight with president obama. the king called the murder "an act of cowardly terror." in september in an interview for "60 minutes," abdullah said this about the leader of isis, abu bakr al-baghdadia, who claims to lead the entire muslim world. what does the leader of ice, al
baghdadi daddy represent? >> not islam at all. there are no linkages to anything i have heard this man say with our religion or any religion. i hate to use the word "heretics consult or whatever the words of those types are but to even call himself muslim to me is just-- the words i don't particularly want to use on this program. >> pelley: he is an islamic heretic. >> i think to use the word islam and him in the same sentence is not acceptable. he that he even speaks in the name of islam for me is so horrendous and so shocking. >> pelley: king abdullah ii of jordan who is cutting his trip short to washington and heading home. now to another important story the measles outbreak paps of tonight, at least 131 cases have been reported in 14 states. also spreading is the debate over mandatory vaccinations. nancy cordes is following this. >> i do believe that all
children ought to be vaccined. >> reporter: republican leaders were in lockstep today. >> as a victim of polio myself, i'm a big fan of vaccinations. >> reporter: one day after kentucky republican and eye doctor rand paul said this: >> i've heard of many tragic cases of walking talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines. >> reporter: paul's fellow presidential hopefuls made it clear they do not share his views. florida senator marco rubio: >> there is absolutely no medical science or data whatsoever that links toes vaccinations to onset of autism or anything of that nature. >> reporter: louisiana governor bobby jindal didn't mention paul by name but said, "i think it is irresponsible for leaders to undermine the public's confidence in vaccinations." even new jersey governor chris christie, who initially said parents need to have some measure of choice put out a second statement saying, "there is no question kids should be
vaccinationed." the mixed messages left an opening for possible democratic candidate hillary clinton who tweeted, "the science is clear-- the earth is round the sky is blue, and vaccines work." adding "grandmother knows best." >> i remember the measles. it was bad. >> reporter: and at a flu hearing in the house, several republicans spoke up, including tennessee's marsha blackburn. >> this is far too serious an issue to be treated as a political football. people still die. >> reporter: late this afternoon, senator paul said he was being misinterpreted and he tweeted a photo of himself getting a booster shot today. he argued that all children, in fact, should be vaccinated and the benefits far outweigh the risks. scott. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill for us, nancy thank you. it was a financial contagion an epidemic of bad mortgages that set off the great recession. today, starnt & poor's opened up
to its role. they 43ed to pay nearly $1.4 billion in penalties, and it admitted that it gave top ratings to mortgage investments that it knew were likely to default. oil and gas prices have made a u-turn. they're on the way up again. today alone oil was up $3.50 closing at $53 a barrel. and gasoline, down 123 straight days has climbed now to a nationwide average $2.07 a gallon. we asked dean reynolds to find out where this is headed. >> reporter: for chicago plumber john baethke the last six months of plunging prices at the pump have been a boon to his bottom line. you went from $100 a week-- >> to about 50. >> reporter: $50 a week per truck. >> per truck. >> reporter: and how many trucks? >> seven. >> reporter: the three cent increase in the price at the pump over the last week doesn't seriously worry him yet. >> the fear is it's going to get back up to 4-plus dollars a
gallon, make 5. >> reporter: the current rise in gas prices is the first sustained increase since september 25, the annual transition from winter to summer grade blend of gasolines always adds a few dollars to service station visits because it's expensive to do and a strike by union steel workers now seeking better pay at several refineries may add cost and uncertainty to the mix. but experts who track the oil industry are not alarmed. >> it's hardly even noise at this stage of the game. >> reporter: diane swonk, chief economist for mesirow financial, predicts a gradual price rise will continue for the rest of the year but will still remain well below recent peaks. >> that is extraordinary windfall to anyone who uses oil. >> reporter: windfall or not john baethke has resisted an impulse to expand his business or hire more workers. the price of gas he says, can always go back up. you're basically cautious about
what's happening right now. >> certainly. oh yeah, we're cautious. we watch it. and right now we're just enjoying the-- the little hiatus of the high prices. >> reporter: nowrng it's important to keep this all in context, scott. while the current price of a gallon of gasoline nationally is about $2.0 7 a year ago this time, it was $3.28. >> pelley: what goes down much come up, dean, thank you very much. now a few odds and ends on the economy. today, the dow rose more than 300 points. the sch s&p was up 29. car sales are up. the big three had double-digit gains in january, usual let's a slow month. g.m. says it's because more people are working but factory orders in december were off more than 3%. and finally staples and office depot are in talks to merge opinion there was another twist today in the case of a special prosecutor found shot to death
just as he was about to accuse argentina's president of a cover-up. turns out he may have wanted the president arrested. manuel bojorquez is in buenos aires. >> reporter: an investigator today confirmed that arrest warrants were found for the president and the foreign minister in the trash at alberto nisman's apartment. nisman was found did the deadwith a bull tote his head the night before he was due to present his case for the president's arrest to parliament. he believed the government had covered up iran's alleged role in a deadly 1994 terror attack in return for a deal for iranian oil. nisman's unsolved death has unnerved this country and few argentineans believe he committed suicide. the president had complicated matters by accusing rogue spies of killing nisman. horacio verbitsky is president of argentina's center for legal and social studies.
>> there is promiscuous relationship between the spies and judiciary. >> reporter: what do you mean promiscuous? >> this means that there are interming, and this is not sane. >> reporter: president kircnener is on a trade mission in china and has not commented on the draft of the warrant for her arrest. scott, she has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez reporting from buenos aires tonight. manuel, thank you. the day is drawing near when some babies will share d.n.a. from three parents. and a sore loser spoils a beauty pageant when the cbs evening news continues. it's a full day for me, and i love it. but when i started having back pain my sister had to come help. i don't like asking for help. i took tylenol but i had to take six pills to get through the day. so my daughter brought over some aleve.
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authorize today go ahead there will be no going back for society. >> and if this was genetically modified crops we'd be all up in arms. that's what's happening here. >> for the many families affected, this is light at the end of a very dark tunnel. >> reporter: the d.n.a. of the egg donor would not affect the appearance of the child eye or hair color, for example but it would be passed on to future generations. the church here, protestant and catholic, has opposed the new procedure on ethical and religious grounds but science won the argument. and, scott the first child born here using the new technique could happen in the next two or three years. >> pelley: mark phillips reporting for us tonight from london. mark thankses. the reclusive author of "to kill a mockingbird" is about to publish her first novel in more than 50 years. that story is next. i had these very burning needle-like sensations. i knew i needed to see a doctor. my doctor said, "let's try lyrica."
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reason a lot of people will be waiting for your second book, even if it takes 55 years to come out. >> it's a great gift to the world. >> reporter: kerry madden isn't just a fan of harper lee. she wrote a biography of her. >> i completely think it will have her voice, and it will be so wonderful to see, you know, the voice of-- of this young writer. >> reporter: the new book, to be published in july, will be called "go set a watchman"." harper lee wrote it before "to kill a mockingbird," but it's actually a sequel of sorts. it takes place in the same fictional town of maycomb, alabama, when scout finch, the child hero of "to kill a mockingbird," comes home 20 years later to visit her father, atticus. >> we'll get to see, you know, the grown-up scout going back into that world. >> scout, there are some things that you're not old enough to understand just yet. >> reporter: lee set "to kill a mockingbird" in depression-era
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again the next day. >> reporter: but when regards of the "detroit free press" heard about it offers started pouring in. evan leedy a junior at wayne state university, set up a web page for donations. >> most of the donations have been $20 25 bucks and i've had a lot of people comment and say that, "you know, this is all i have. i wish i could give more." this has all added up to what it is now. >> reporter: what it is now is more than $225,000, including multiple offers to buy robert stots a car. while he's humbled he's not surprised by the support. >> this is detroit. we're the comeback city. forget los angeles. detroit is the real city of angels. >> reporter: robertston is proofue don't have to have wheels to have drive. vinita nair, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
were drugs found inside bobbi kristina's home? what police are telling us now. >> and why was whitney's daughter just moved to another hospital. >> at this point, that's what we need, is a medical miracle. >> we'll explain why bobbi kristina is now here, as reports say she opened her eyes. what that could mean. >> plus, what we have learned about the friend who called 911. his past drug arrest. >> and, thereewas no coincidence that she was in a bathtub. the hhuston family's unimaginable heartbreak. have you really come to terms? no? >> no, i haven't. >> so much tragedy for that family. also tonight, piers morgan is here, and he is angry at people